Quite recently, my company shifted towards Agile and then DevOps approach of software development. This is really helpful for both the developers and the client.
However, one of the effects of DevOps implementation was to move department managers from their small offices (aka. "aquariums"), due to "get together all the members of a DevOps "vertical" principle. This decision was made by the top management and nobody was asked before this.
For us, the developers this means the following:
- much noisier environment: managers will get a lot of phone calls and many people will come to them to ask various things
- breaking the fun part of our lives: before this, we sometimes indulged in various office jokes, mostly making fun of trouble. Some jokes targeted the management, but nothing really offensive). This really helped sometimes to keep the morale high during high pressure periods
Of course, one solution is to extensively use the headphones, but sometimes you really have to concentrate (no music, no talk) on what you are doing.
Question: How should I put this problem when discussing with the manager? Clearly, I do not want to convey a message like "I prefer you do not stay with us".
Soon, I will have the yearly evaluation and it also includes some free discussion about "how I feel" and it will be a good opportunity to talk about this issue.
[EDIT] As explained in the comments by
Monica Cellio, this question also takes into the account "killing the buzz" aspect and asks how to convey the issue to the manager, so it is quite different from the "staying focused strategies" question.